Multiplatinum Reggae Artist Shaggy Nominated For A Grammy Award

NEW YORK – Reggae superstar Shaggy has earned his fifth Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album for SUMMER IN KINGSTON. The 54th Annual Awards will be given out on Sunday, February 12 at 8:00pm on CBS.

SUMMER IN KINGSTON came out in July 2011 and both the album and first single “Sugarcane” hit #1on the iTunes Reggae charts, besting chart legend Bob Marley. Shaggy currently has two songs in the Top 5; his smash hits “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel,” which are mainstays on the chart.

Shaggy has also spearheaded many charity initiatives in his home country of Jamaica. He has been supporting Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston for over a decade giving, gifts to children and raising funds for the hospital to upgrade its medical equipment. In 2008 Shaggy formed the “Make A Difference Foundation” to bring greater attention to the plight of children and their medical needs. His “Shaggy & Friends” yearly concert event has raised over $1 million for the hospital and has featured Sean Paul, Boys II Men, Macy Gray, and other top international artists. This year’s event will take place on December 30, 2011 in Kingston, Jamaica and features Ne-Yo, Lauryn Hill and other top talent.

Shaggy (file photo)

A reggae mainstay for over twenty years, Shaggy has sold over 20 million albums, including six #1 albums (Boombastic, Midnite Lover, Hotshot, Lucky Day, Clothes Drop, Intoxication and Boombastic Collection), six #1 singles (“Boombastic,” “In The Summertime,” “Angel,” “It Wasn’t Me,” “Church Heathen” and “Bonafide Girl”). “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel” still hold the #3 and #4 spots on the iTunes Reggae song chart, and those plus “Sugarcane” and “Luv Me, Luv Me,“ are currently on the Reggae Top 25 chart. He won a Grammy for Boombastic and received 3 additional nominations, along with AMA and Juno nods. Shaggy has continued touring throughout, and has reached millions of fans with his energetic and captivating live performances.

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